An Easy Way to Stay Full and Lose Weight.....Glucomannan?

I know what you’re thinking. Gluco-what? Is it yet another diet fad?  Nope, it’s actually a substance that is derived from the root of the konjac, which is a plant that’s native to Asia. It is packed with soluble fiber, the type of fiber that turns to gel in the presence of water and helps you to feel fuller, longer. It is for this reason that you often find it in the weight loss supplement aisle at your local health food store. 

But did you know that there are other health benefits besides weight loss? Here are just a few of the ailments glucomannan may help relieve:

Cholesterol: Studies have shown that it lowers LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol as well as triglycerides, but it has no effect on HDL (or “good”) cholesterol.

Constipation: While studies have only been done on children, glucomannan has been shown to reduce constipation and abdominal pain. It may work for adults as well, so give it a try if you have issues with this.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: According to a 2008 study, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of glucomannan help relieve some of the symptoms associated with this debilitating disease.

Diabetes: It has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes.

Dosage and Sources

So, how much do you need to take in order to see benefits? Anywhere from 2 to 10 grams should be enough, and you should either take it in capsule or loose powder form for the best results. Because it is fiber, you should probably start at the low end and work your way up to see how well you tolerate it.

You can also try shirataki noodles, which is a type of diet noodle that has almost zero calories or carbs, and contains glucomannan.

Side Effects and Cautions

It should be noted that there are some side effects associated with taking glucomannan, including digestive problems, abdominal pain, and excess gas. So, if you are prone to any of these, you might want to talk to your doctor before adding this supplement to your diet.

And because it does lower blood sugar, you should avoid taking it if you take medication for type 2 diabetes to keep your blood sugar levels from getting too low.

What about you? Have you tried glucomannan for weight loss? If so, let me know how it worked for you in the comments!